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Former Petroleum Minister Albina Assis honored at the ministry's new facilities

Engineer Albina Assis, former Minister of Petroleum, was honored this Thursday at the new facilities of the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas (MIREMPET). The building's auditorium was named after the former portfolio holder, in recognition of her professional career and contribution to the sector.


The chemical engineer, specialized in Business Management and Administration, began her professional career with an internship at the Luanda Refinery, in 1967. Later, Albina Assis became the first woman to chair Sonangol's Board of Directors, in the years 1991 and 1992. During this period, he promoted the creation of Sonangol Pesquisa e Produção, which made the company not only a concessionaire, but also a producer. She is also one of those responsible for the creation of Sonils, which currently stands as one of the best logistics bases on the continent.

She left Sonangol in 1992 to join the Government. She served as minister in the now defunct Ministry of Petroleum between 1992 and 1999, and was then Minister of Industry in 1999 and 2000. She is remembered by her peers as being dynamic, independent, original, creative and hardworking. In her role as minister, she increased staff in the sector and created several scholarships for Angolans in different countries.

She currently serves as Commissioner General of Expo 2025.

At the tribute ceremony, the Minister of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, Diamantino Azevedo, considered Albina Assis as part of the "heritage" of the sector he directs: "The person honored today, with the attribution of her name to an important space in our structure, it is part of our heritage", said the minister, adding that "one cannot talk about the Angolan oil industry bypassing the name of Albina Assis".

In turn, the honoree thanked MIREMPET for the gesture and spoke about her experiences in the sector, which she considers to have become her "legacy". "I would like to convey my sincere recognition and gratitude for the honor of deserving this tribute. As this amphitheater of the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas is given my name, my legacy in the oil sector becomes effective, where I spent most of my my active life", he underlined.

According to a statement from the ministry that VerAngola had access to, the event was also attended by the Vice-President of the Republic, Esperança Costa and the President of the National Assembly, Carolina Cerqueira. The act was also witnessed by former Oil Ministers – Desidério Veríssimo Costa and José Vasconcelos – as well as members of the Executive, ambassadors, ecclesiastical entities, relatives and friends of Albina Assis.

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